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NECNALMS 2017 Conference

Come join us this Friday and Saturday for our annual 2017 NEC NALMS Conference, New England Waters: Real World Watershed Monitoring and Management Options! This year, our conference will be hosted by URI Watershed Watch, the New England Chapter of North American Lake Management Society, and Save The Lakes, Rhode Island’s Association for Lakes. The conference will take place this Friday, June 9th, and Saturday, June 10th, in Kingston, Rhode Island at the University of Rhode Island’s Center for Biological and Life Sciences. Friday will consist of workshops and the NEC-NALMS meeting, while Saturday will have general sessions and a tour of the EPA Mobile Lab. Both days will have other optional events, such as dinner and a paint and sip! Please help us accomplish our goal of bringing together New England’s citizens, scientists, and professionals to share information and experiences in order to help restore and protect our lakes and watersheds! For more program and cost information, please visit our website or contact eherron@uri.edu. We look forward to seeing you there!

NECNALMS 2017 Conference Program Information

Our New England Waters: Real World Watershed
Monitoring and Management Options
Annual New England Lakes and Watershed Conference
June 9th & 10th, 2017
Kingston, Rhode Island

Hosted by:
• URI  Watershed Watch
• New England Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society, and
• Save The Lakes – Rhode Island’s Association for Lakes

Friday, June 9, 2017: Workshops
1-2:45 PM and 3:15-5 PM
• Invasive organism ID (plants and animals, G. Knoecklein , NEAR)
• Harmful Algae Blooms – Understanding their ecology and control (K. Wagner, WRS)
• Shoreland management (R. Hartzel, Geosyntec)
• GIS and web based tools for watershed assessments (G. Bonynge, URI)
Attendees can participate in any 2 workshops.

NECNALMS business meeting – 5:15-6 PM
Dinner at 6:30 PM
Paint Your Lake session (paint and sip) – 7:30-9:30 PM

Saturday, June 10, 2017: General Sessions (9 AM – 4 PM)

Group Session: 9 – 9:30 AM – Welcomes and updates:

Concurrent sessions: 9:30 – 10:30 PM

Citizen Science – what can volunteers do to help our waters?
Assessment tools – what works, what doesn’t, what is really useful? (K. Wagner)
Volunteer monitoring – 30 years of RI Watershed Watch (L. Green)

Changing Climate, How might it affect my lake?
Projections of coupled terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem change relevant to ecosystem service valuation at regional scales? (N . Samal, UNH)
OASIS reservoir operation model application to optimize water availability in the Scituate Reservoir (S. Paul, URI)

Break: 10:30 – 11 AM, Vendor Fair, Raffle open, refreshments

Group Extended Session 11 AM – Noon – Discussion with different perspectives, and audience questions focused on Herbicides – as a panel with users, regulators, and managers – alternatives, and when are they the right choice?

Lunch: Noon -1 PM – Buffet lunch
Optional gatherings for interest groups to network as desired:
Volunteer monitoring – L. Green
Simple lake assessment tools – G. Knoecklein?
HABs – H. Snook?

Concurrent sessions: 1:00 – 2:00 PM

In-lake algae control
Morses Pond (T. Stewart tentatively)
Proactive management of HABs using in-lake phosphorus inactivation technology (D. Meringolo, Solitude)

Fisheries
Fisheries – How do we make sure The Big Ones will there for our kids? (M. Lenker, ESS)
Case study in fish management (C. Nielsen, ESS)

Restoring Lakes
“Septic socials” – how to talk about waste disposal issues (G. Bradley, VT DEC)
The Dynamics of Dredging (J Davis, ACE)

Break: 2:00 – 2:30 PM – raffle drawings, networking

Group Extended Session 2:30 – 4 PM: Cyanobacteria: toxic issues, basic ecology and offering tours of the EPA Mobile lab – Hilary Snook

For more information contact eherron@uri.edu